While vaccine advocates celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month in the United States, global vaccine stakeholders are also united behind the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP). The blueprint was adopted by 194 member states of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 with the goal of preventing millions of deaths through better access to vaccines for all people, in all communities, around the world. It aims to accomplish this by:
- Delivering vaccines to all children by building and expanding vaccine infrastructure and programming throughout the world
- Unleashing vaccines’ vast future potential through further research, development, and delivery methods.
Indeed, when GVAP was established, 1 in 5 children born on this planet did not benefit from even basic immunizations. To this end, GVAP has labeled 2011-2020 the “Decade of Vaccines.” By 2020, the aim is vaccine coverage for 9 out of 10 children. If achieved, those standards would have prevented a total 102 million illnesses and 3.7 million deaths.